The City of Fremantle is marking Homelessness Week with a donation drive to support vulnerable people facing homelessness in our community.
It is estimated that more than 9000 Western Australians experience homelessness every night, a third of which are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. This number is expected to grow, not just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but across the whole population as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Can You Make A Difference?
1. Purchase a voucher for an essential service or item of your choice depending on what you feel comfortable giving. For example, this could include a Coles or Woolworths voucher, a haircut voucher at a local hairdresser salon or simply a coffee voucher from a Fremantle cafe. Email the voucher to email@example.com or drop it off at the City’s Administration building at Fremantle Oval (attention: Neighbour to Neighbour team).
These vouchers will be shared with local not-for-profit organisations, including St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, Uniting WA, Port Care, Freo Street Doctor, Homeless Healthcare, Foundation Housing, Youth Futures, Ngatti House and Lucy Saw Centre to give to their vulnerable clients in need. Note: we will not accept Coles or Woolworths voucher options that are redeemable for alcohol.
2. Donate without Doubt: People can put their spare change into one of the ‘lifesaver’ collection boxes located throughout the Fremantle city centre, with all donations matched by the City of Fremantle and given to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.
3. The Community Shelf at Fremantle Library always appreciates donations of non-perishable food, personal hygiene and sanitary items, socks, thongs, beanies or hats and baby/kids’ essentials.
The City of Fremantle’s 2020 Homelessness Week Donation Drive is an initiative of the Community Development Neighbour to Neighbour team.